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Delaware Supreme Court Justice to Give Public Lecture at W&L Law

The Hon. Randy J. Holland, Justice for the Supreme Court of Delaware, will give a public lecture at Washington and Lee University School of Law this week. The title of his talk is “Why Delaware? Its Influence on Corporation Law In the United States and Abroad.”

The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 at 12 noon in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Justice Holland is the youngest person to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court, having been recommended to the Governor by a bipartisan merit selection committee. Prior to his appointment and confirmation in 1986, Justice Holland was in private practice as a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell. In March 2011, he was reappointed by Delware Governor Markell and unanimously confirmed by the Senate for an unprecedented third twelve-year term.

Justice Holland is the past national President of the American Inns of Court Foundation. He chaired the national Advisory Committee to the American Judicature Society’s Center for Judicial Ethics. He also chaired the American Bar Association National Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation. Justice Holland has also served on the ABA Presidential Commission on Fair and Impartial Courts, the Appellate Judges Conference’s Executive committee, the Standing Committee on Client Protection and the Judicial Division’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Justice Holland is a member of the American Law Institute. He serves on the American Judicature Society’s Board of Directors.

Justice Holland has received numerous awards, including the 1992 Judge of the Year Award from the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the 2011 Dwight D. Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence, the 2009 James Wilson Award from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, the 2003 American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award and the 2007 American Inns of Court Christensen Award. In 2004, he was elected to be an Honorable Master of the Bench by Lincoln’s Inn in London. Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts appointed Justice Holland as the state judge member of the Federal Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

Justice Holland has published several books, including Delaware Corporation Law, Selected Cases. He is co-author of a law school casebook, Appellate Practice and Procedure (West 2005). He has also published several law review articles, primarily dealing with judicial ethics and legal history.

A graduate of Swarthmore College, Justice Holland received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Loughlin Award for legal ethics. He also holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia.